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1990 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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Thanks to the combination of ideal weather and healthy, maturing grapevines, 1990 provided us a remarkable Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that was big and lush, yet balanced and harmonious.

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Aside from a slightly reduced crop resulting from rain in the spring months, 1990 was an ideal growing season for the remaining fruit on the vine in Alexander Valley. When the last of the clouds passed, a long summer with minimal temperature extremes allowed for perfectly balanced vineyards and uniformity of the fruit-profile development.

Tasting Notes

A more robust version of the 1980 vintage, the 1990 Jordan is still lively with dried cherry and plum leading the aromatics, with pleasant nuances of forest floor, eucalyptus, tobacco and tea making up the background. The finish is long, silky, complex and complete. The harmony and balance of this vintage is beautifully conveyed in this wine’s aging ability. All bottle formats are drinking beautifully and ready for consumption, though mature, savory characteristics are more present in the 750mL and 1.5L bottlings.

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Last Tasted: November 18, 2013


1990 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 12-25, 1990


Jordan Estate


Four days extended skin contact and 10 days yeast fermentation in in stainless steel tanks, followed by two weeks in large oak tanks for malolactic fermentation


A combination of top French and American oak coopers


Aged in 63% French and 37% American small oak barrels for 12 months and in large oak tanks for an additional six months. Bottled and aged for an additional 20 months before release.

Varietal Info

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; T.A.: 0.60 g/100mL; pH: 3.56; R.S.: 0.016%

Bottling Dates

June 29-July 30, 1992

Release Date

March 1, 1994

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